South Dakota Scientists Invent Germ-Killing Wall Paint

Someday soon, the paint on your wall may be able to kill disease-causing bacteria, as well as mold, fungi, viruses, and other harmful organisms.

Scientists at the University of South Dakota have invented a new germ-killing molecule that can be added to commercial brands of paint to give the paint long-lasting antimicrobial properties.

The molecule includes a bleach-like substance called an N-halamine. N-halamines are already used widely, but the South Dakota researchers were able to develop a new type known as Cl-TMPM.

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